Under current Iowa law, texting and driving is a secondary offense that is only enforceable if a driver is committing another offense such as speeding or running a red light.
Proposed legislation would make texting and driving a primary offense, which would allow law enforcement to issue a citation when they observe a driver texting behind the wheel.
The governor of the state of Iowa is behind the stricter laws 100 percent, saying that the state has to take distracted driving more seriously given the increase in traffic fatalities. There were 403 traffic deaths in 2016, up from 320 in the previous year.
Some feel the proposed legislation does not go far enough. The Iowa Department of Safety, Governor Branstad and many in the Iowa community are calling for a hands-free requirement hoping to improve highway safety.
If you or a family member has been injured in a Iowa car or truck accident at the hands of a distracted driver, contact the Des Moines Personal Injury Law Offices of Marc Humphrey for help. With over 30 years of legal experience and knowledge, Attorney Marc Humphrey has successfully helped many injured Iowans pursue financial recovery following an injury accident. Call our offices today at 515-331-3510. Free consultation.